Time of Arrival
The St. Olaf Christmas Festival is held in Skoglund Center Auditorium. Concert times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday–Saturday evenings and 3 p.m. Sunday. Please arrive with ample time to spare because you may have to walk some distance from the parking lot to Skoglund Center, and the crowd in the entrance foyer can be large.
Visiting St. Olaf includes maps, directions, and a list of local accommodations and restaurants.
Parking is available in any campus lot. Handicapped parking is available near the Skoglund Center entrance. Please check with staff members directing traffic for specific parking areas.
Courtesy shuttle buses are provided from Buntrock Commons to Skoglund Center beginning 75 minutes before each performance and running continuously until the start of the performance. Following the performances, the courtesy buses will run from Skoglund Center to Buntrock Commons. Expect a 15-minute wait or longer when departing as buses may be caught in traffic.
Dining on Campus
A Scandinavian buffet (including the perennial favorites of lutefisk and lefse) is available in the Black and Gold Ballroom on the third floor of Buntrock Commons. Reservations are not necessary. Please check in with the buffet host upon your arrival for dinner seating. The price is $24 plus tax per person ($12+ for children 10 and under).
A Scandinavian buffet is also available along with the traditional “café fare” in Stav Hall in Buntrock Commons at $20 plus tax per person ($10+ for children 10 and under).
Thursday–Saturday: Ballroom and Stav Hall 4–7 p.m.
Sunday: Stav Hall 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Ballroom noon–2:30p.m.
In order to be on time for the concert, you will need to be seated for dinner no later than 6:40 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and by 2:10 p.m. Sunday.
Scandinavian Buffet Menu:
Cucumber Salad, Pickled Beets
Lefse with Butter and Cinnamon Sugar, Julekaka
Gjetost, Jarlsberg and Tilsit Cheeses
Pickled Herring, Marinated Sardines, Norwegian Gravlaks
Summer Sausage and Rullepølse
Wasa Crisp and Norwegian Brown Bread
Lutefisk with Drawn Butter and Cream Sauce
Medisterkaker with Brown Sauce and Lingonberries
Steamed Peas and Carrots
Rømmegrøt and Fruit Soup
Riskrem, Hazelnut Torte, Kong Haakon Kake,
and a selection of cookies
St. Olaf Bookstore hours and book signings during Christmas Festival
Thursday–Friday 8 a.m.–7:15 p.m. • Saturday 10 a.m.–7:15 p.m • Sunday 11 a.m.– 3 p.m.
Thursday, December 5, 5:30–7 p.m.
Jeanne Cooney: Hot Dish Heaven: A Murder Mystery Novel with Recipes
Patrick Mader: Visiting the Visitors
Friday, December 6, 5:30–7 p.m.
Bob Showers: The Twins at the Met
Lou Nanne: A Passion to Win
Saturday, December 6, 5:30–7 p.m.
Leif Enger: Peace Like A River
Anne Ursu: The Real Boy
Sunday, December 7, 1–2:30 p.m.
Lori Evert and Anja: The Christmas Wish
Flaten Art Museum
- Friday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
- Saturday: 2 p.m.–8 p.m.
- Sunday: 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
The St. Olaf women’s softball team will provide a coat check service in Skoglund Center during the concert. Contributions are appreciated.
Skoglund Center is equipped with a hearing assistance system. Please ask an usher or the staff at the ticket desk for a receiver.
To avoid disruption of the Christmas Festival, do not bring or use a camera or video and audio recording equipment in Skoglund Center Auditorium.
Note that children under age 6 are not admitted.